The Castle square in Warsaw (plac Zamkowy w Warszawie) is the square in front of the Royal castle, the residence of the Polish monarchs, and before the Warsaw Old Town. Since 1644 it has the Sigismund’s Column on the third side of the Castle square triangle.
During the WW2 the Castle square was destroyed as the most of the Warsaw. After the war the square was renewed and reconstructed. The final works were completed in 1988.
The Castle square was only in 15 minutes walking from our apartment and we enjoyed to spend our time here. This place is very famous among tourists and locals.
Golden Gates of Kiev is the historical landmark of the Kiev. This is a reconstructed part of the Kiev ancient fortress. The Golden Gate was an entry to the ancient Kiev of Yaroslav Mudryi (Yaroslav the Wise) time. It is a fortification tower with a large entry (about 7.5m) and the wall of 9.5m height. At the top of this tower you may see a small church (church of Annunciation) to show everyone who wants to enter that this is the Christian city. The first know date when Golden Gates are mentioned is 1037.
Right now this is the museum where ones may know about the ancient times of Kiev and about its fortifications.
The photos are HDR images postprocessed in Photoshop.
Zaporizhian Sich was a fortress serving to protect the territory from the Tatars intrusions. It had cannons that were protecting the river pass. In the current reconstruction there are a few cannons to reproduce the feeling of that period.
The image was created merging 2 photos with different exposure. I used Photoshop function Align Layers to position images (that were uploaded as layers) and then I hid the parts of image using Masks. This technique can be used instead of HDR. Sometime this produces better results.
The Propylaia (Προπύλαια) is the entrance to Acropolis. Its building was started in 437 BC but was never fully completed. The Propylaia was used in all times: it was a residence of bishops during Byzantine period; it was a palace during Latin domination and it was a residence of the military governor during the Ottomans.
Anyway it was always impressive although it was under construction during our visit.
The main goal of spending so much time on Lykavittos Hill was to catch Acropolis at the sunset and then at night as I heart that is an amazing picture. So, that took us about 4 hours to get those events.
Here are the photos of Acropolis at sunset and after that but from a bit another position that was recommended by some intelligent Greek guy (thanks to him).